Hey guys. Well my day today was filled with medical appointments. I went to see the nutritionist at 830. She said I am eating very healthy just too much. No shock there I already knew that. With the medications messing up my metabolism, hormones, and making me hungry all the time the nutritionist and I discussed how to feel fuller for less calories. One thing she suggested was switching from Skim Milk to Almond Milk because it is lower in calories - the idea is 1 cup skim milk = 90 calories, but you get almost 2 cups of almond milk for the same calories. We also discussed the whole bread issue - a filling high calorie bread versus a not filling low calorie bread. We talked about how I can have 2 slices of Double Fiber Bread
for less calories than 1 slice of Ezekiel bread - and that 2 slices might be filling enough. This was my bread of choice before discovering Great Harvest anyways, so no surprise. I bought the bread after work today. She also said try reducing my carbs/starches a bit and replacing with more veggies and fruits. She said that veggies fill you up but it doesn't last long, but fruit will last longer so maybe try to eat more fruit. So, at least I have some ideas. I also really like the fact that she didn't treat me like I was stupid; there is a tendency for some Army Dr.s to do that - treat all patients like that.
I also had my CAM testing appointment today. I filled out a bunch of surveys so they could get a good gauge of how depressed I was, how much pain I am typically in, and if I have PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury. We talked about what is an acceptable level of pain on a 1-10 scale and I said 5 or 6 meaning that is about the worst pain I an tolerate and still attempt to function (worse than 6 I'd be sitting/laying down not doing anything else.) She said that I was way off - 1 or maybe a 2 is acceptable. She asked what activities I wanted to be able to do that I was not able to do. I answered "I want to run. Really, I want to be able to go a whole day without being exhausted by 2pm. I just want to be able to do normal things again." Then I started to cry. I think I have become pretty good at not getting emotional about my injury - I mean typically I can talk about it or think about it and it doesn't upset me. Occasionally it does but usually I can snap out of the funk easy. Its impossible to hide like that in a therapist's office though. I got scheduled for 3 bio feedback sessions and 6 pain management classes (6 more will be scheduled after that.) She also scheduled me another therapy appointment which was good because it will be nice to be able to see her without having to wait a whole month!
I did good on the eating front - maybe it was the nutrition appointment that helped motivate me? Who knows. I had Pinacolada Overnight Oats for breakfast and 2nd breakfast was an egg scramble. I think the eggs really work to hold me over. I used to have eggs every morning for breakfast. I changed my diet a lot when I quit running because I was eating to fuel lots of running - it wasnt necessary to eat the same when I could no longer workout like that. Lunch was Jamaican Black Bean Cornbread w/ 1 cup of broccoli and 1 cup of cabbage (doing wonderful things for my intestines!) Snack this afternoon was an apple w/ PB2.
After my snack I did something out of the ordinary - I went for a bike ride. A girl I work with loaned me a bike pump last week so I could air my bike tires (shipping them from Korea they went flat.) So, today was my first ride. I lasted a whole 14 min. Seems like nothing but considering the fact that its hard for me to even get onto the bike 14 min is a good length of time to be riding around. After that I decided to go for a walk - I walked about 5 min before I started to hurt. I turned around and came home and was hurting pretty bad by the time I got home. Walk lasted a total of 12 min. See why my diet has to be so strict? I am not able to burn any calories with exercise. Maybe one day. I will keep on doing yoga and being patient with my body and maybe one day I will be able to do things I used to do.
Dinner tonight was soup and sandwich. My homemade red pepper carrot soup and a veggie sandwich made with sandwich thins, 1/2 an avocado, a laughing cow cheese, 1/2 a tomato, spinach, 3 bell pepper rings, and 1/2 ounce of chopped onions. I tell you what that is a very good sandwich. Laughing cow cheese spread on to a sandwich is so delicious. I might have added a veggie chicken patty to it if I had enough calories left for the day. I think breakfast needs to start shrinking a bit to leave more room for dinner.
Calories consumed thus far: 1538.94 (yeah the Ipod calculates it to .00!)
I think I will manage to stay under my 1600 goal - I only have 1 hour left till bed time (4 am wake ups = 8 pm bed time) and I just had dinner. I will also have another mug of tea so I should be good. If not I will eat a few strawberries (4 calories each...not too shabby huh?)
Tomorrow is more medical appointments. Physical therapy in the morning and then Orthopedics in the afternoon. I will let you guys know how it goes!!
Today was day 2 of no meat for this week and since tomorrow is a Yoga day then there will be at least 4 days this week of no meat. I really don't have too much of a craving for it right now for some reason. I could totally go for some turkey chili but that would mean I have to cook it, so maybe this weekend when I have the time and energy.
Oh, yes one last thing - a Tea Review. I tried "Red Rocks" tea from The Tea Spot. It looks like this (their picture, not mine):
I have had this tea for a while - I purchased a sampler pack, but I never tried any of the teas. I was a bit disappointed because I really could not taste the vanilla or almonds that are supposed to be in this tea. It tasted like regular black tea to me. Not good enough for me to order again. : ( So far this is the best tea I have tried - I will most likely be ordering it at some point, but for now I still have lots of tea from the samplers to try.
Ok friends, hope your day was good and your night is better. "Talk" to you tomorrow.